Breed for health and tem­per­a­ment

Sporting Gun - - Letters -

I am look­ing to breed from my Labrador this year. Do I need to bother with check­ing if the sire has had any health tests?

Gra­ham says: Most cer­tainly. You should only be con­sid­er­ing breed­ing from your bitch if she is sound in tem­per­a­ment, is good with peo­ple and other dogs and is quiet. Then you would start the process of health test­ing — hips, el­bows and eyes for Labradors — and only when you have a clean bill of health should you be look­ing for a sire. He should also have all the afore­men­tioned traits. You should al­ways be look­ing to im­prove the breed lines. Fi­nally, be­fore em­bark­ing on breed­ing from your bitch, ask your­self why you want to breed from her. Is it for the same again? If it is, then go back to your breeder, as there is no guar­an­tee you’ll get it.

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